“…Advent responds with ‘the Gospel of anti-fear.’” Pope said. “If fear makes you lie on the ground, the Lord invites you to get up; if negativity pushes you to look down, Jesus invites us to turn our gaze to heaven, from where He will come. Because we are not children of fear, but children of God,” the He continues.
Then we welcome the invitation of the Gospel, the invitation so often repeated to stand up, to get up “From where? From the sofas of life: from the comfort that makes you lazy, from the mundanity that makes you sick inside, from the self-pity that darkens.”
“Stand up, let us look up to the sky,” as Pope instructed. “We would also advise of the need to open our hands to our neighbor. And the consolation that we can give will heal our fears.”